The name Coxen comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a son of a cook. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Norman French word cok,
which means cook.
Early Origins of the Coxen family
The surname Coxen was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Coxen family
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Coxen Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Coxen has undergone many spelling variations
, including Cookson, Cuckson, Cockson, Coxon and others.
Early Notables of the Coxen family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Captain John Coxon ( fl.
1677-1682), a buccaneer who was one of the most famous of the Brethren of the Coast, a loose consortium of pirates and privateers.
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Migration of the Coxen family to Ireland
Some of the Coxen family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Coxen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Coxen were among those contributors: John Cookson who settled in Virginia in 1774; Craven Cookson settled in America in 1830; Thomas Coxson settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Thomas Coxson settled in Virginia in 1637.
The Coxen Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.